The HELCOM Monitoring Manual is developed to support the implementation of the HELCOM Monitoring and Assessment Strategy and to follow-up commitments made under Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) for thoseContracting Parties of HELCOM that are also EU Member States. Full background information and general introduction to the HELCOM Monitoring Manual can be found in the introduction.
The Monitoring Manual provides a catalogue listing of all existing marine monitoring carried out in the Baltic and their links to indicators developed to assess progress towards Good Environmental Status (GES). The information is organized along 11 main monitoring programmes or grouped according to 16 thematic programme topics and displayed in programme info sheets (pdf). The level of regional coordination currently varies between topics while it is the ambition to develop HELCOM coordinated monitoring for all programmes.
The Monitoring manual refers to the existing HELCOM manuals and guidelines where more detailed information e.g. on sampling procedures can be found.